Corporatism is about the cult of the self by Chris Hedges

by Chris Hedges
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Dandelion Salad
April 11, 2011

I hate standardized tests

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A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind. It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy. It celebrates rote vocational training and the singular, amoral skill of making money. It churns out stunted human products, lacking the capacity and vocabulary to challenge the assumptions and structures of the corporate state. It funnels them into a caste system of drones and systems managers. It transforms a democratic state into a feudal system of corporate masters and serfs.


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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He has written nine books, including Death of the Liberal ClassEmpire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009) and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2003).


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  5. About 20 years ago, on a long overseas flight, I had an interesting conversation with a European businessman who engaged in what was then termed ‘technology transfer.’

    At one point I lamented the sad state of the American education system. He listened patiently, then slowly shook his head and said. ” You have realize that there are not going to be so many jobs in the future. The last thing you want is an educated population with nothing to do…”

    I had to admit that it made sense then. Now, of course, it is painfully obvious.

  6. We can all quibble over minor points but, this is one of the most cogent descriptions of our situation I have ever read.

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